Re-Styled Dresser

Here I am again with another before/after. This dresser is one of the first pieces of furniture. I purchased when we first moved to Ohio in 2007. The place we were renting was short on storage, and we needed some furniture, STAT. I found this dresser and it’s larger sibling at a yard sale. They have survived lots of repurposing despite my not liking their appearance. I recently removed this smaller dresser from my daughter’s room since she didn’t need it anymore. I decided it should go in my craft space/living room/oversize foyer. It wasn’t going in there looking like it was though!

I dove right into repainting, since it would be relatively easy. I wasn’t even going to blog it, since it was just going to be yet another chalk paint redo, and hey, you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all. Of course as soon as I had that thought, inspiration reared its head, and I immediately regretted not taking a good before photo. Once I realized this would get blogged after all, I dove for my camera and captured what wasn’t already painted, bowl and all:

before

As you can see it has that hideous faux wood/formica finish. I was just going to paint the whole thing white and be done with it. Then I thought it might be nice to do something interesting with the recessed fronts of the dresser drawers. I decided to decoupage the hell out the top and the drawer fronts.

I headed to Tar-Jay for some swanky wrapping paper. I was not that impressed with what I found. Ditto for the drawer liners. I almost caved in and got the uber-trendy damask printed contact paper, but I decided against it. I also didn’t want to use contact paper because it’s only a matter of time before it would start to peel off, and I didn’t want that. I roamed the aisles of Tar-Jay for the next 20 minutes, till my eyes landed on these gorgeously bold graphic plastic placemats. And I love me some bold ethnic prints!

placemats

My first inclination was to cover the table top (as a way of protecting the surface) and the fronts with the placemats. I wasn’t quite sure how this would happen, since plastic just laughs off Mod Podge. I wasn’t sure hot glue would be the way to go either, but after hemming and hawing a few more minutes, I left the store armed with 3 placemats @ $1.99 a piece. Once I got home and started cutting up the placements, I realized how easy it would be to do the fronts. Since the fronts have a recessed panel, all I had to do was slide the plastic pieces in there. No glue required, and Voila!

after

As you can see, I decided to forgo doing the tops of the dresser, since it might be overkiill.

Thanks to chalk paint + pearly paint top coat and some plastic placemats, I have miraculously transformed the dresser into something that adds interest to my front room. Here it is in its new home in my craft room/living room/oversized foyer: 

after2

The moral of the story? There is inspiration everywhere. If you love something enough, don’t be afraid to take risks and find use it in a way it wasn’t originally meant to be used. 

 

beforeafter

So what do you think? Have you used something for other than its intended purpose? I’d love to hear about it.

6 thoughts on “Re-Styled Dresser

  1. Libby says:

    Girl, you are on FIYAH! Cranking out one tutorial after the other. I love this re-styled dresser. Those placemats really take an ordinary piece and transform it into something truly unique. What a showpiece!

    • AfroMartha says:

      That orange bag is FRESH! I found it at a thrift store in Williamsburg (yes I managed to squeeze in a thrifting run) 🙂

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